Stacking the Shelves (506)

The books I want to highlight in this stack are the two I bought, 1632 and 1633 by Eric Flint. I read them back when they came out in 2000 and absolutely loved them. The premise is just so damn much fun, that an entire town in West Virginia on the cusp of the 21st century gets transported across the Atlantic and back in time to the middle of what will eventually become Germany in the year 1632, which happens to be about the midpoint of the Thirty Years’ War. The transport mechanism isn’t dealt with seriously at all in the novel, because it’s not the point. The point is what happens next when 3,000 or so people with late 20th century ideas and attitudes get stuck in the 17th century. It’s about people mostly rising to the occasion and changing history and the ways that history changes are fascinating. Flint passed away last Sunday, so I decided to see if at least the beginning of the series I remembered so fondly still held up over 20 years later. The answer is that it does, it’s still thoughtful and it’s still an awful lot of fun. The author will be missed, but he thankfully left behind a HUGE body of work in this series alone, so I’m looking forward to comfort reads for a long time to come.

And if you’ve ever had a yen to read alternate history, or if you read this series way back when and also remember it fondly, it’s definitely worth picking up now, whether again or for the first time.

For Review:
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi
Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado
Demon Dagger by Russell James
The Direction of the Wind by Mansi Shah
Feed Them Silence by Lee Mandelo
Heartbreaker (Hell’s Belles #2) by Sarah MacLean
I Remember You by Brian Freeman
Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu
The Lies of the Ajungo (Forever Desert #1) by Moses Ose Utomi
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham
One for All by Lillie Lainoff
The Red Palace by June Hur
Take My Husband by Ellen Meister
Very Cold People by Sarah Manguso
What She Found (Tracy Crosswhite #9) by Robert Dugoni

Purchased from Amazon/Audible:
1632 (Ring of Fire #1) by Eric Flint (2nd ed.)
1633 (Ring of Fire #2) by Eric Flint & David Weber

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13 thoughts on “Stacking the Shelves (506)

    1. Sometimes I save the old ones I want to re-read for trips where I’ll have a lot of time to read – at least in transit – but not much time or opportunity to write. It’s a great way to visit some old friends without feeling guilty that I can’t get around to a review.
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    1. It’s is sad, but it’s also a reminder – at least in this case – of a long life well lived that leaves behind a hell of a legacy to read and re-read. Terry Pratchett’s early death nearly broke me. I still haven’t read his last book because I just don’t want it to be over.
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  1. I like the idea of revisiting a book 20 years later! How we perceive the book is likely very different as we do change somewhat over this period of time. Enjoy your newest haul and have a great week!
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    1. I re-read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings over 20 times between the time I first picked them up and when I graduated college. Both the books and I changed a lot between the time I was 8 and when I was in my early 20s!
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  2. I always look at your very extensive list with interest. My first thought is “how does she read all these so quickly?” followed by “which ones look interesting to me?” This week I went to netgalley and picked up I Remember You and requested Feed Them Silence. I feel like that’s crowding my already busy reading schedule, but I couldn’t resist! Happy reading.
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    1. My reading is a ‘long tail’ kind of thing. I read a lot and always have. But unless I have a commitment for a specific book at a specific time I bounce around and get back to things eventually. One of the books I’m planning to read this week has been in the towering TBR pile for 7 years. I think I need a bigger ’round tuit’.
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    1. If you like alt-history the 1632 series is excellent – and also very long. What made it so good was that Flint knew he didn’t know nearly enough to do it justice, so he asked questions, brought in experts, started a whole bunch of people’s careers and always gave credit where it was due. I’m looking forward to diving back into the rest of the series.
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